Small Cells Among Next Big Challenges for LTE

Deploying small cells to increase speed and capacity on its new 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network will be one of the key challenges facing Verizon Wireless -- as well as other carriers -- over the next year.

Brendan Gunn, group manager for Verizon Global Wholesale's suite of switched Ethernet products, told Light Reading Mobile late last month that connecting thousands of tiny basestations with the wired Internet presents new challenges.

"It's going to be massive; it really is," Gunn said of the process. "That's the next challenge that we'll sort of be dealing with in parallel over the next 12 months."

"Our challenge will be, how do we serve all of those sites? How do we get fiber to all of those sites? What does that solution look like?" Gunn added. "That's really some of the questions that we're dealing with right now."

See Gunn talk small cells and more in this video:

Why this matters
Backhaul connects the cellular network to the wired Internet, so capacity issues can cause slow or interrupted data service. Small cells should help increase the speed and capacity on the radio side. But, how to cheaply and effectively connect them to backhaul -- via fiber or microwave -- is an issue vexing all carriers right now.

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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:28:33 PM
re: Small Cells Among Next Big Challenges for LTE

Have heard much yet but they have to working on it.

gtchavan 12/5/2012 | 5:28:29 PM
re: Small Cells Among Next Big Challenges for LTE Mindspeed-inside
joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:28:28 PM
re: Small Cells Among Next Big Challenges for LTE

Consolidation ahead for sure.

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